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What do you wish we had from cancelled or ended themes/subthemes?
It's the sad fact of merchandise lines based on storylines that we rarely if ever get a piece of merchandise based on everything. Okay, sometimes it's no great loss for some stuff to be left out, but then there are those times when stuff gets left out that you really wanted to have or at least see in a physical form. I know I've seen this a couple of times with Lego, so I thought I'd share a few of my thoughts and open it up for others to share theirs.
Bionicle (there's actually quite a few I could list here, but I'll stick with some highlights)
- Artakha-this guy was created by Greg Farshtey, the main writer for Bionicle G1, and didn't receive an actual physical appearance until the last year of the line's run. Even then it was limited to text form, but it was impressive: a ten-foot tall figure in green and gray armor with an intricately carved mask. G2 at least gave us a version of the mask, but it would have been nice to get Artakha himself.
- Karzahni (Pre-Pit)-so this guy we actually got a set for in 2007, but it was just a bit disappointing considering how this guy was introduced. As debuted by Greg Farshtey, Karzahni was a black and gold titan with a mask that appeared to be made of pieces of four separate ones. It is nice that he at least got a set, but seeing one more faithful to his original depiction would have been nice.
- Makuta (Generation 2)-one of the great disappointments of Bionicle's reboot line was the fact that we didn't get a set version of the series' main villain, Makuta. Now, granted, Lego did come up with some impressive alternate models, but they were a bit of a pain to get put together. Would have been nice to get an official Lego set or two.
- Toa Hagah (minus Norik and Iruini)-So in 2005 there was this whole thing where two Special Edition sets, initially developed as Toa versions of 2004 characters Turaga Dume and Nidhiki, were turned into Toa versions of Rahaga characters Norik and Iruini. The sad thing is, the two had four teammates who never got Toa forms as sets, despite returning to Toa form in the series' online media. I'm a bit of a completionist, so it would have been nice to see them. A Toa Nidhiki actually wouldn't have been an unwelcome addition either.
- Lord Vortech-easily the biggest disappointment for me with Dimensions was that we never got a minifig of him.
- Dalek Saucer-one of the coolest vehicles/settings that appeared in Lego form in dimensions; would have been sweet if it and some other Dimensions items could have gotten sets.
The Lords of the Rings/The Hobbit
- The Balrog-after seeing this guy in video games, the fact that we never got him in set form is just sad. He would have been a great part of a Mines of Moria set.
- Battle of the Last Alliance-the prologue for the first film was epic, and included some characters that would have made for great minifigs. Don't lie-you know you want a Sauron fig.
- Battle of the Pelennor Fields-this set would have been great, especially with all the characters that could have been included: the Witch-King with helmet atop his Fell Beast, Eowyn, armored Merry and Pippin, maybe even Faramir as a bit of artistic license.
- Battle Packs-for those who like army building, it could have been fun to get some generic Elf, Dwarf, Orc, and various Man factions in battle pack form. Could probably have snuck in Bolg and some other prominent figures while they were at it, if they weren't going to put them in full-sized sets.
- The Watcher in the Water-is there ever not a reason to have a giant water monster?
Star Wars Rebels
- Battle Packs-there were honestly a number of character groups in Rebels who would have made for ideal battle pack fodder. These include the Protectors of Concord Dawn, Imperial Sentry Droids, Clan Wren, Rocket/Jumptroopers, Jedi Temple Guards, Infiltrator Droids, and assorted Rebel or miscellaneous groups.
- Chimaera-okay, so Rebels would have to have been pretty popular for us to get a Star Destroyer specifically stylized to represent Grand Admiral Thrawn's personal ship. But it would certainly have been a neat addition, and could have included a number of interesting figures.
- Lightmaker-oddly, despite the ship appearing in both Rebels and Rogue One following its introduction in the old Expanded Universe, we have yet to get a Hammerhead Corvette in Lego form. Such a set would have been a great addition, and could have included some fun minifigures like Ryder Azadi and a Rebels version of Princess Leia.
- Lothal Jedi Temple-as a major setting for various events throughout the series, it would have been sweet to get a set version of this temple.
- Nightbrother-this Mandalorian Gauntlet-fighter with a sick paint job stood in for Maul's lost Sith Infiltrator, and later served as a prominent Rebellion ship in the series. Would have been nice to get an update of #9525, perhaps with Maul and various other Rebels characters in their Season 3 versions, and maybe even a bigfig or brickbuilt version of the Bendu, reflecting the ship's brief appearance on Atollon.
- Marauder-Like Chimaera, this Imperial Light Cruiser would probably have been a bit big, but a distinctive and cool vehicle that could have come with some fun characters.
- Phoenix Nest-" " (just swap out Carrier for Cruiser)
- Sato's Hammer-a fun ship that could have included its crew from the series, while also giving some fans of the old expanded universe the chance to pick up a ship they could MOC into a fan favorite from that continuity.
- Shadow Caster-a sweet bounty hunter vessel that could have come with some cool characters.
- Sith Temple on Malachor-this impressive area served as the climactic setting for season two of the series, so it was sad not to see it appear as a set. It could have included a number of minifigures, including the Seventh Sister and Eighth Brother Inquisitors and "Old Master" Darth Maul.
- TIE Defender-#8087 could really have used the update.
- Vanguard-fans have been dying for a Nebulon frigate for years, haven't they?
- Various other vehicles, ships, locations, etc.-let's face it, Rebels gave Lego plenty to work with; a shame the theme didn't sell better and thus endure longer.